Bravemouth: Living with Billy Connolly Hardcover – 11 Oct 2003
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Mrs Billy Connolly's tale of an extraordinary year in the life of living with her husband is as insightful, entertaining, serious and wacky as you'd expect from the author of Billy. Bravemouth is the ultimate insider's view of his filming, his charity works, his 60th birthday party. It includes personal insights into what makes him tick, and what makes her tick (it's her year too). It's a celebration but it's interspersed with serious reflection - both on what he does and what she does (the contrast between the inherent seriousness of her work as a psychologist, compared to the zaniness of his comedy). The nature of fame, the challenges of age, the triumph-over-adversity are all themes underlying the many anecdotes that combine to make this highly involving.
Sequel to the 'book of the year' million-copy bestseller, BILLYSee all Product Description
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If you want to understand Billy Connolly and how he has become the man he is today, read Billy. If you want to know what it's like to be part of a family of a celebrity, read Bravemouth.
I bought a book about Billy Connolly to read about Billy Connolly.
Who cares about Pamela Stephenson's own travels through India?
How she chooses to decorate the interior of her Maltese house?
How she misses Australia so much, especially the food?
The history of the Maltese Knights of Valletta?
How she began her stage career at 5 years old in a ballet production of the teddy bear's picnic?
and wet herself on stage?
How she once had to do a scene that involved taking down someones trousers on TV?
Her experiences feeding sharks in Bora Bora?
Who cares? I dont want to know any of this stuff, but I have to wade through pages of it to get to the good stuff.
She spends pages telling you how she researched transgendered people in Samoa! People who cut their own genitals off. She basically rehashes stuff that she has read in a other book, passing it off as professional research, and you are never going to forget that she is a psychologist because she reminds you of that fact at least once every 2 pages, and on the back cover. At least 30% of this book has nothing whatsoever to do with Billy Connolly.
This book is a vehicle for her, and its such a shame as, the events in Billy Connolly's 60th year sound so interesting. If only she would stick to the point, and realise that being married to an interesting person does not make your life interesting too.
What I do not like is his dear wife using a book supposedly about him to tell us all about herself and her experiences.
And that sums this book up really. I'm sure Pamela is a very interesting woman, but I want to hear about Billy.
Neither comes across very well in this book which is a bit of a 'puff piece' really - it's got very little substance and meanders about all over the place. Stephenson comes across as supercillious and pompous and Connolly as terribly self-consciously eccentric and a bit unpleasant (hanging about laughing at 'the public' at large? Urgh!). Maybe constantly being told how brilliant and wonderful you are makes you disappear up yourself? I don't know, although arguably his stand-up has lost its greatness, now that it's mostly centred around how rich and famous he is these days and a desperate urge to shock. Sadly, 'Bravemouth' has put me off them both - so if you're a fan, definately avoid. This will add nothing to your understanding of why Connolly is funny.
Another prevailing trend seems to be jealousy for the Connolly's lifestyle, which I agree sounds enviable - trips to Fiji, glitzy parties, etc. But, what I got out of this book was a further, very welcome insight into the mind of our greatest comedian, and a picture of a loving (and surprisingly average) family life! Don't be put off. This book is well constructed and fascinating, and while not as heart rending as "Billy" is a great read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Like Marmite, you either love him or you don't. Good job Pamela! Would recommend this book highly.Published 3 months ago by Debi
Bought as a gift for family member. It went down very well. Quick delivery.Published 5 months ago by Darkstomper
Neither the subject of the book or the author come out of this 'diary' very well. Billy Connolly who I admit I no longer find very funny seems to be a rather spoilt and papered... Read morePublished 16 months ago by bibliophile
great product price was good and the quality is brilliant delivery was quick to would recommend to all keep up the good workPublished on 7 Dec. 2013 by davemc
I did 'get' this book. It's basically a year in the life of the Connolleys, like a diary but with flashbacks and nuggets of personal information about Billy eg his seasickness and... Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2012 by Cheshnoo